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Homeworkers need to be better protected, says the ILO
- Jan 13, 2021 - 8:21:14 AM
Those working from home, whose number has greatly increased due to the
spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, need better protection, says the
International Labour Organization (ILO) in a new report.
homeworking occurs in the private sphere it is often “invisible”. In
low- and middle-income countries for instance, almost all home-based
workers (90 per cent) work informally.
They are usually worse off
than those who work outside the home, even in higher-skilled
professions. Homeworkers earn on average 13 per cent less in the United
Kingdom; 22 per cent less in the United States of America...
The United Kingdom FCDO provides funding for a rotary helicopter to support the monitoring of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines La Soufrière volcano
- Jan 12, 2021 - 9:42:25 PM
The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (UK FCDO) in the amount of
£51,000 through the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘UK Support for
the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Response
Teams programme’. The funds will cover the cost of a rotary helicopter
aircraft, which will be used to support access to sampling of the
extrusive materials, air lifting equipment to the flanks of the volcano,
surveillance/reconnaissance to analyse changes in the volcano and other
relevant support to the monitoring of the volcanic activity.
The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022.
- Jan 12, 2021 - 7:54:57 PM
The 2021 Bahamas Charter Yacht Show scheduled for late February 2021, postponed until 2022.
Bahamas Charter Yacht Show Committee has announced today, “That after
much thought and consideration to the charter yachts and crew
participating, charter brokers travelling from abroad, and out of
respect for the Government and people of The Bahamas during this COVID
environment, the annual Bahamas Charter Yacht Show, scheduled for
February of 2021 in Nassau...
'We Are One' Campaign Gives Back
- Jan 12, 2021 - 7:44:01 PM
Ministry of National Security Acting Permanent Secretary and Under
Secretary Cheryl Darville joined the National Neighbourhood Watch
Council (NNWC) and corporate sponsors in announcing the winners of
prizes for contests that were a part of the "We Are One" Campaign,
during an event at the Ministry's Head Office, on January 8, 2021.
There were also presentations of monetary donations to two families
whose children were murdered last year. Speaking at the event were NNWC
National Coordinator Supt. Wilton Johnson; NNWC Co-Chair Keno Wong;
President of the Ridgeland Park Community Association...
PAHO raises $263 million in 2020 to fight COVID-19 in the Americas
- Jan 12, 2021 - 6:58:30 PM
In 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) received
commitments for more than $263 million to provide technical support and
supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas.
grateful to all of our partners who have made it possible for us to
assist countries in the Americas as they take on this deadly pandemic,”
said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne. “COVID-19 will not be defeated
until everyone is safe...
OAS and the Dominican Republic will cooperate to improve the quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican Central Electoral Board
- Jan 12, 2021 - 6:23:27 PM
The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Central Electoral
Board of the Dominican Republic signed an agreement today to promote the
quality of the electoral processes of the Dominican electoral body in
accordance with the standards of the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO), whose high standards are recognized by the
The Chair of the Board, Román Jáquez,
stressed that the initiative will allow working under the electoral
standard ISO 54001, which complies with a series of international
standards to carry out transparent electoral processes...
Cabinet approves further extension on SERZ tax breaks for Grand Bahama and the Abacos
- Jan 12, 2021 - 4:36:31 PM
The Ministry of Finance is pleased to announce the expansion of tax
relief measures under the Special Economic Recovery Zone (SERZ)
Extension Order for the islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos.
today, Cabinet approved the Disaster Reconstruction Authority (Special
Economic Recovery Zone) (Relief) (Amendment) Order, 2021, which includes
construction services in the list of tax exempted activities...
Caribbean Investment Bank, RF, eyes Digital Currency Transactions
- Jan 12, 2021 - 3:35:42 PM
RF Holdings Limited, parent company to a group of investment banks
in The Bahamas, Barbados, and The Cayman Islands, has entered into
partnership with financial technology company, Bitt, to facilitate the
acceptance of digital currency transactions across its Caribbean
The partnership is focused on developing a platform based on Bitt’s
digital currency infrastructure that will allow for digital currencies,
such as The Bahamas ‘Sand Dollar’, ‘mMoney’ in Barbados, and the
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s ‘DCash’, to be accepted and accessed
across the investment’s bank’s products by a wider network of Caribbean
clients. The immediate target for the platform is facilitating
transactions based on available digital currencies in The Bahamas and
NIB extends verification grace period for verifications to July 1 2021
- Jan 12, 2021 - 2:09:26 PM
The National Insurance Board, is pleased to advise that approval
has been granted to extend the grace period for long term benefit
verifications as follows:
• 1st July, 2021 for all persons
aged 60 and over (all benefits, including retirement benefit) and all
persons on invalidity and disability benefits who live in the Bahamas;
• 31st March, 2021 for all persons under the age of 60 who are receipt of Survivors Benefits; and
• 31st March, 2021 for all long term beneficiaries who reside overseas...
What’s new in The Islands of The Bahamas in 2021
- Jan 12, 2021 - 1:55:58 PM
The Islands of The Bahamas are kicking off the New Year with new hotel
opening, continued reopenings and increased airlift from major
international markets, giving travelers plenty of reasons to add the
destination to their 2021 bucket lists. With the new and improved
Bahamas.com, future travelers can explore all that the islands have to
offer while planning their next Bahamian getaway.
Bahamas Invites Santa to Defrost on Stocking Island – After a busy
holiday season, The Bahamas has invited Santa to hang up his suit...
Minister Dames Attends Testing of 'The Blimp' Drone
- Jan 11, 2021 - 3:40:56 PM
Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames joined
representatives of law enforcement agencies at the Royal Bahamas Defence
Force HMBS Coral Harbour, on January 7, 2021, for a testing and
demonstration of 'The Blimp,' one of the drones that is a part of the
Bahamas National Unmanned Aerial Programme (BNUAP). Also speaking were
the RBDF's Captain Shawn Adderley and Lieut. Commander Andrew
Farrington; and Programme Manager of Swift Tactical Systems, Inc., Louie
Brock and his team....
Minister Pintard says vocational professions rapidly becoming primary jobs
- Jan 11, 2021 - 3:20:58 PM
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard
encouraged a group of high school Apprenticeship Programme participants
in Grand Bahama to “find their passion” and allow that passion to pay
their bills, thereby positively change lives.
Speaking at the
launch of the new programme on Saturday, January 9, at the New Life
Worship Center, Minister Pintard said that vocational professions...
Majority Rule Day Ecumenical Service Held at Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church
- Jan 11, 2021 - 2:50:28 PM
Governor General His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Cornelius A. Smith
(seated, front row) headed the list of government officials attending
the Ecumenical Service in Observance of Majority Rule Day, Monday,
January 11, 2021 at Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church. The Hon.
Jeffrey Lloyd, Minister of Education, gave a New Testament Reading.
Rev. Lester Ferguson, Pastor, Grant's Town Wesley Methodist Church,
delivered the Sermon.
(BIS Photos/Patrick Hanna)...
RBDF Congratulates Captain Neely on New Year’s Honour
- Jan 11, 2021 - 10:10:32 AM
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force congratulates Captain Whitfield Neely,
who was bestowed with the honor as a Member of the Most Excellent Order
of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, during the Queens
New Year’s honours.
A member of the RBDF’s Entry 5 squad, Captain
Neely was one of fifteen survivors of the ill-fated HMBS FLAMINGO,
which was bombed and sunk by Cuban MIG jets on May 10, 1980. The only
current serving survivor, he has made tremendous contributions to the
organization over the years...
St. Augustine's College Class of 1977 presented Electronic Tablets to MOE
- Jan 10, 2021 - 10:54:11 PM
Alumni of Saint Augustine’s College (SAC) Class of 1977 on Friday
presented the Ministry of Education with 39 tablets for student use to
assist in virtual learning. Minister of Education the Hon. Jeffrey
Lloyd expressed gratitude on behalf of the Ministry, which has sought
corporate Bahamas’s assistance in acquiring electronic devices for
thousands of students in the government school system with the goal to
place a device in the hands of every child...
Ministry of Health Assures Safe Roll-Out of COVID-19 Vaccine
- Jan 10, 2021 - 6:23:54 PM
In its first national press conference for
2021, the Ministry of Health unveiled a number of initiatives aimed at
curbing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the country.
latest COVID-19 statistics revealed there were 7,969 cases throughout
The Bahamas, as was disclosed during the press conference held Friday,
January 8, 2021. Total COVID-19 hospitalizations continued on a
downtrend and stood at 11, from 15 on January 1.
In this vein,
the Hon. Renward Wells, Minister of Health, announced several measures
in the continued fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, among those being
the procurement of vaccines...
PM Minnis - Official Opening of the New Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge, Spanish Wells
- Jan 8, 2021 - 7:57:01 PM
See enclosed Remarks by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis at the Official Opening of the New Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge, Spanish Wells, Eleuthera, January 8, 2021:
Ladies and Gentlemen:
I am happy to be with you this morning for the opening of the new Roderick Newton Higgs Bridge...
Minister of Health Renward Wells - COVID 19 Update - January 8, 2021
- Jan 8, 2021 - 6:15:45 PM
See enclosed remarks by Minister of Health the Hon. Renward Wells
at a COVID-19 Update, January 8, 2021 at the Ministry. Also attached
is a graphical presentation by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pearl McMillan:
Good Afternoon and Happy New Year- Bahamas!
Deep gratitude is
extended to Almighty God for helping us to see another year. I believe
that this year, 2021, will be a momentous year of renewal, of Hope
realized and prosperity in abundance; I speak it through the eyes of
Bahamas Feeding Network Moves to New Temporary Location
- Jan 8, 2021 - 4:30:31 PM
With the demand for food security assistance remaining at record levels,
the Bahamas Feeding Network (BFN) announced this week it has moved into
new temporary headquarters with improved parking and accessibility
“The move has created the opportunity for an even
smoother and more efficient handling of parcel collection by the
organisations which the Feeding Network supports,” said BFN Executive
Director Philip Smith...
Minister Dames Notes Government’s Investment in the RBPF
- Jan 7, 2021 - 1:07:56 PM
During his Official Remarks at the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s New
Year’s Church Service 2021 (January 3) Minister of National Security the
Hon. Marvin H. Dames said that his Government understood that safety
and security undergirds the success of any society, and that was one of
the principle reasons that it committed to invest in law enforcement,
even before coming into office.
“We will continue to work
assiduously toward building capacity and capabilities within the Royal
Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) and other law enforcement agencies...